Weekend Update: Some Progress

For a while now, my current work-in-progress Creed: Solomon’s Fortune has been giving me headaches. I think this was the toughest book I’ve written yet, and it took a long time for the full story to truly reveal itself to me. I took a couple breaks, jumped around in the timeline a bit, and just …

What’s in a Name?

Ask 100 different authors what the most difficult part of writing is and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. Ask me that question, and I’ll tell you: Picking a damn title. I mean, the title is that first big impression; you can’t afford to blow it! It has to entice the reader, but not be …

Sneak Peek: Czarina Barinov

Over the weekend I added a prologue to my work-in-progress, a short two-page introduction of the main antagonist. I ended up liking it so much that I had to share with y’all right away, and I think you’ll like it too! She’s quickly becoming my favorite antagonist that I’ve ever written, and I’m really enjoying …

How to Protect Your Work

First off: I’m not a lawyer. Let’s just get that cleared up! If there’s one thing most new self-published authors fear, it’s having their work stolen! What if they send it off to an agent or beta reader, and that person just goes ahead and publishes it under their name and it sells millions of …

Should You Use Real Presidents in Fictional Worlds?

The office of the President of the United States is arguably the most powerful, influential position in the world at this time in history. That makes whoever holds that office a pretty easy target for the authors of fiction. But should you pluck this low-hanging fruit? Last year, I read a dystopian book in which …

How to Write a Good Fight Scene

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly good at writing one kind of scene versus another, but one thing I’ve been told consistently by readers and reviewers is that they really enjoy my fight scenes. So I guess I’m pretty good at writing fight scenes. With that in mind, today I’ll be sharing some advice …

His Name Was Zach: New and Improved!

Last month, I made the decision to re-edit and re-release my debut novel His Name Was Zach, two and a half years after its initial release. This weekend I finally finished it and the updated version is now available on Amazon Kindle! I chose to do this because, as it is with any craft, I …

“It is difficult to say anything without saying too much…”

“It is difficult to say anything without saying too much: the attempt to say a few words opens a floodgate of excitement, the egoist and artist at once desires to say how the stuff has grown, what it is like, and what (he thinks) he means or is trying to represent by it all.” -J. …

Weekend Update: Imaging Machine Goes ”brrrrrrr“

Quick recap: few weeks ago my wife found a strange lump on my arm. I went to the doctor and he didn’t seem concerned about it, but recommended an MRI to be safe. I declined initially, feeling confident that it was nothing serious. But then I told my wife I’d passed on the MRI and, …

Weekend Update: So Many Words

Time for a little update on my latest projects! I’m nearing the 60,000 word mark for my work-in-progress, Creed: Mandate of Heaven. That’s about half as long as His Name Was Zach is and barely more than a third of the final word count for Her Name Was Abby 😮 But those were epics, and …

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